Chris Turillo

Chris_photoChris Turillo is the co-founder of Medha, an employability training and placement organization based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Under Chris’ leadership, Medha has developed and tested over 200 hours of employability and leadership curricula, trained and placed over 70 students across four colleges, collaborated with 40 leading employers, and built a public-private partnership with the Department of Higher Education. Along with his co-founding partner, Chris was awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Global Fellowship in 2012 for his work at Medha. Prior to founding Medha, Chris received a joint M.B.A./M.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. During his graduate studies, Chris completed an Islamic banking project for Barclays Bank in Dubai, evaluated rural investment opportunities at IDFC Private Equity in Mumbai, conducted market research and built the initial team for an employability training program at an NGO in Jharkhand, and surveyed the skills training industry for Sequoia Capital. Before graduate school, Chris was the director of business development at SKS Microfinance in Hyderabad, where he was responsible for all growth-related initiatives, including new product, segment, and channel development. Chris successfully launched SKS’ health insurance and urban microfinance products as well as managed a number of additional growth-related projects including mobile banking. Prior to SKS, Chris was director of business development at Business Development Institute (BDI), an early-stage strategic consulting firm in New York City.